Aspen, Colo. -- On Saturday, July 13, Frack Free Colorado joined Protect Our Colorado and dozens of other groups outside the Democratic Governors Association meeting in Aspen, Colo., to remind the state leaders, that good governors don't frack their people. The groups urged the attendees, some of whom are presidential hopefuls, to take the lead in building a sustainable, renewable energy future instead of continuing down the destructive path of fossil fuels.
Demonstrators targeted Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper in particular for his staunch support of fracking in a state that has more than 49,000 active wells and has seen more than 5,000 fracking-related spills. Hickenlooper, who has appeared in paid ads for the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, is notorious for claiming to have drunk "fracking fluid" to prove that it is safe. Just last week, the state joined a lawsuit against the city of Longmont to overturn its ban on fracking. Meanwhile, citizens in municipalities across the state are working furiously to put moratoria or bans on fracking in place, including Boulder, Loveland, and Broomfield.
"At this crossroads moment for Colorado we are calling on Governor Hickenlooper to direct us toward an energy future that doesn't risk our health or vital water resources," said Allison Wolff, co-founder of Frack Free Colorado. "Billions of dollars are being spent on infrastructure to export fracked gas, while experts agree that clean, renewable energy solutions could meet 100 percent our power needs today."
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